Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.
Today. With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiancé threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.
June 1942. After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kája Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kája has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kája finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.
Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kája will fight to protect all they hold dear.
When a debut author blows you away with their first book, there is always the fear that the second one will not touch you the same way. The second book in the series, The Sparrow of Terezin did not disappoint this reader. I savored each word, wishing it would last. The music of the story sang to me as I experienced the beauty that I know truly happened in history. While this book is fictional, it was based on enough truth to give you that feeling of awe when you set it down. I was in awe of the brave men and women that lived long ago, ministering to the weak ones and giving their lives to save others.
The heartbreaking stories are woven with happier stories, so you are not taken down by them, but raised up. Ms. Cambron has succeeded in carrying on the tradition. Keep writing! We love it!
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